Tift Merritt has released a track called “Dusty Old Man” through Rolling Stones Country, the first release after the 2012 solo album called Traveling Alone.
The song includes contributions from Marc Ribot, who plays the guitar, Eric Heywood, who plays pedal steel, Jay Bellerose, who plays the drums, and Jennifer Condos, who plays bass. The song can be listened to below.
According to Rolling Stones, the artist had the following to say about the new track:
“It also has (Iron & Wine’s) Sam Beam singing ‘love’ really loudly, and there is nothing better than that,” Merritt says with a laugh. “We cut it super-fast, live off the floor. I think it might have been take three. In writing the song, I’d been messing around with a lot of open tunings. The guitar really led on this one, open-tuned and way up the neck. One of my all-time favorite records is still Bonnie Raitt’s first album, which is so blue and fun and sweet and soulful. The guitar riffs I was playing reminded me of that, which seemed like a good thing.”
The artist also added to the topic by saying, “But like most songs, it’s open-ended. And aren’t all men sometimes like that, when they’re stubborn? My experience is that everyone has both lightness and darkness. And by now, I’ve been around the block a few times and can sing about callouses and experiences with some bruises of my own.”
Years back, Tift Merritt performed “Give It Away” with Andrew Bird.